I have always suffered from sleep issues. As a therapist, I consistently recommend clients implement deep breathing and relaxation techniques at night to assist with sleep. Yet, I have epically failed at implementing these bedtime recommendations myself. So, I’m happy to share a different approach. Unlike breathing and relaxation practices that primarily relax the body, this technique relaxes the mind.
Putting the Mind to Rest
Sometimes worry keeps me up at night, but most often it’s my mind replaying everything I need to do. As I think about my tasks and obligations, more pop into my brain. My mind won’t slow down. Taking melatonin or over the counter sleeping medicine or restricting caffeine often causes annoying side effects, so the method I use for adequate sleep fits nicely into my lifestyle. It also helps my clients.